Hi. I’m Erika Harold. I’ll be your tour guide to Fantasyland….

Salon has an article up on Erika Harold. Who? You know…Miss America?

This is the first time I’ve actually seen a picture of Ms. Harold and I was suprised to see that she looks a bit like a mocha version of Paula Jones, minus the penis-nose. Now we all know that she raised a bit of a stink because she wants to promote sexual abstinence as Miss America, under the mistaken belief that teenagers give a Britney’s ass what she thinks, but I thought this little tidbit about her younger life was interesting:

Harold responded to the “encouragement” by sticking to the subject of youth violence during the national pageant and immediately after, when she flew to Brussels for the launch of the World Health Organization’s Report on Violence and Health, and garnered the support of several other social and political advocacy groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and the National Center for Victims of Crime. She repeated a litany of heartbreaking stories about the racial and sexual harassment she suffered in the ninth grade, a brutal time in which she said she was called a whore and a slut, and discovered that kids were pooling lunch money to buy a rifle to kill her.

…and I liked this from People magazine:

Even Harold’s tormenters may not fully understand what prompted their cruelties. “She dressed to get attention and was kind of shallow and naive,” says an unrepentant former male classmate who took part in the harassment (and wants to remain anonymous). “Some of the teasing definitely went over the line, but what Erika got was what’s pretty typical in high school.”

So basically Erika is …..Tracy Flick.

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